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Bills Today: Which Bills can help win now and in the future?


1 - Which Bills can help win now and in the future? The goal is to build a dynasty in Buffalo. Not a team that can become a one and done winner, but a team that can be successful for over a decade. Brandon Beane has the job of putting together a winning roster, and that means finding players that can make an impact now, as well as possibly 10 years from now.

The Bills Wire for USA Today made a list of five players on the Bills roster, that can make an impact on the team for the upcoming season and for several seasons after.

Tre'Davious White CB Tre'Davious White is arguably the Bills' best defensive player, and he's only 23 years old.…

He was the centerpiece of Buffalo's stellar secondary in 2017, a role the team hopes that he'll keep for the next decade. He's a superstar who has nowhere to go but up, which is why White is so crucial to the Bills' current and future success.

Kelvin Benjamin WR Beane did draft wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin, he just didn't do so in Buffalo.

At just 27-years of age, Benjamin is entering the prime of his career. Benjamin could potentially be the star of the Bills' receiving corps for the next five years, a player that Buffalo could build its entire receiving corps around.

Benjamin fits Beane's vision. Handpicked by the general manager, Benjamin has the skill to contribute now and the potential to be an elite receiver for years to come.

Tremaine Edmunds LB Edmunds will be asked to be the quarterback of the Bills' defense in 2018. The icing on the cake is that he's only 20 years old. If Edmunds is able to reach his potential, he could be the centerpiece of Buffalo's entire defense for the next 15 years.

Dion Dawkins LT The Bills didn't expect to land a franchise left tackle when they selected Dion Dawkins in the second round of the 2017 draft. They already had a solid left tackle on their roster in Cordy Glenn, who they had locked up on a long-term contract.

The 24-year-old is now the team's undisputed starter at left tackle. Coming off a solid 2017 campaign, Dawkins will look to replicate this success in 2018 and for the foreseeable future.

Josh Allen QB The Bills' coaching staff is not eager to push Allen into the starting role, but if he wins the job, they're not going to deny him. If Allen proves that he's superior to both Peterman and McCarron in training camp, then his stint as Buffalo's starting quarterback could start sooner than anybody expected.

Let's borrow Beane's quote to describe Allen's current situation. If everything goes according to plan, he'll definitely help the Bills "win tomorrow." If Allen is able to exceed expectations at camp, he could potentially help Buffalo "win today," as well.

Check out photos of the Bills defensive line.

2 - The Bills defense is one of the best at pressuring QBs

The Bills do not have as aggressive a defensive system compared to many other teams in the NFL, but who needs one when the defense beyond the lineman are as dangerous as they proved to be last season. The Bills defense ranked seventh in passes defended (99), tied for sixth in interceptions (18) and tied for eighth in forced fumbles.

But the Bills defensive line does not get all the credit they deserve, especially once they are able to put pressure on the pocket. Last season, the Bills ranked second in the NFL in opposing QB passer rating when pressuring the pocket with 55.4 percent. Thanks to Pro Football Focus.

With additions like Star Lotulelei and Tremaine Edmunds to the defense, and returning players like Kyle Williams, Jerry Hughes and Lorenzo Alexander, the Bills will still be causing nightmares for opposing QBs.

A look back in time at the legendary career of Bills Hall of Fame defensive end Bruce Smith.

3 - Top XI Bills All Time in honor of the World Cup

No matter what game of football/fútbol you're talking about, only 11 players are allowed on the field/pitch at a time. With that, and with the biggest sporting tournament in the world happening right now being the World Cup, NFL analysts Jeremy Bergman and Adam Rank ranked the top XI players and coach from every franchise's history. Bergman had this to say about the Bills top XI team.

So instead of dwelling on the consecutive Super Bowl defeats, let's honor Buffalo's remarkable run of running up in the early 1990s, which produced franchise icons at nearly every position.

Here is the list for the Bills:

1) Bruce Smith, DE (1985-1999)
2) Jim Kelly, QB (1986-1996
3) O.J. Simpson, RB (1969-1977))
4) Thurman Thomas, QB (1988-1999)
5) Andre Reed, WR (1985-1999)
6) Kent Hull, C (1986-1996)
7) Joe DeLamielleure, OG (1973-79)
8) Cornelius Bennett, OLB (1987-1995)
9) Mike Stratton, LB (1962-1972)
10) Butch Byrd, DB (1964-1970)
11) Fred Smerlas, NT (1979-1989)
Coach: Marv Levy (1986-1997)


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